Awards & Grants

Each year, NYFA provides over $3 million in cash grants to individuals pursuing artistic excellence in all forms.

RECURRING GRANTS

NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship

NYFA provides unrestricted grants of $7,000 to New York-based artists through the NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship program. First launched in 1985, the program has provided over $30 million to artists in 15 disciplines at critical stages in their creative development. The application opens in the Fall. 

NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships are administered with leadership support from New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul  and the New York State Legislature. 

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Currently accepting applications through January 26, 2022. The 2022 application is open to artists practicing in the disciplines of Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design, Choreography, Music/Sound, Photography, and Playwriting Screenwriting.


NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre

In partnership with the City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME), the NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre provides grants of up to $50,000 to encourage and support the creation of digital, film, music, television, and live theatre content that reflects the voices and perspectives of all who identify as women.  The application opens in the Summer.


The JGS Fellowship for Photography

The JGS Fellowship for Photography is a $7,000 cash grant open to New York State photography artists living and working outside of New York City. The support for this funding is provided by The Joy of Giving Something (JGS). The application opens in the Spring.


Recharge New Surrealist Prize

Recharge New Surrealist Prize is a $7,000 award for painters living in the United States or U.S. Territories who are working in the New Surrealist style. The award program, formerly known as the Recharge Foundation Fellowship for New Surrealist Art, is funded by the Gu Family of the Recharge Foundation.Students in bachelor’s or master’s degree programs are welcome to apply. The application opens in the Fall.


Canadian Women Artists’ Award

The Canadian Women Artists’ Award provides $5,000 financial support to an emerging or early career artist working in Visual Arts, Media & Design, or Literary Arts. To apply, applicants must be female Canadian citizens between the ages of 25 and 40 who are living and working in New York State. Students in degree-seeking  programs are welcome to apply. It is supported by funding granted to NYFA by the Canadian Women’s Club (CWC) of New York as a way to continue its philanthropic work when it disbanded. The application opens in the Spring.

EMERGENCY GRANTS

Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants

The Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for recent unexpected medical, dental and mental health emergencies. The grants are available to artists working in visual arts, film/video/digital/electronic arts, and choreography in financial need who are currently residing in the United States, District of Columbia, U.S. Territories, and Tribal Nations. This project is supported by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

Currently accepting applications for Cycle 10 through November 30, 2021.


Rauschenberg Dancer Emergency Grants

The Rauschenberg Dancer Emergency Grants program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 to professional dancers in need who have a dire financial emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants are available to dancers in financial need who are currently residing in the United States, District of Columbia, U.S. Territories and Tribal Nations. This project is supported by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

Currently accepting applications for Cycle 1 through January 7, 2022.

INVITE-ONLY GRANTS

Murray Reich Distinguished Artist Award

With the support of an anonymous donor, the annual Murray Reich Distinguished Artist Award enables artists with a long history of creative practice to pursue deeper investigations or new explorations that can inform and enrich their work. It was developed in memory of the artist Murray Reich, a New York-based painter who also had a highly-regarded career as a professor of art at Bard College.

Applications are by invitation only.


Tomorrowland Projects Foundation Award

The Tomorrowland Projects Foundation supports artistic, multi-disciplinary team collaborations and artist-driven projects that expand awareness of issues affecting society-at-large, and considers award-planning funds to develop new technology, research, and installation art.

Applications are by invitation only.

Image: Kuldeep Singh (Fellow in Interdisciplinary Work ’18); ARCHITECTONICS OF DISPERSION \ immersive acts and objects; 2017; installation-based collaborative performance; paintings and sculptures in mud, dough, and fabric with performative acts; Photo Credit: Zhiyuan Yang